Importer Security Filing, which you probably know as 10+2, is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation requiring importers and vessel carriers to provide advance data elements to CBP for non-bulk cargo shipments arriving into the United States by vessel. The focus of this initiative is to improve CBP’s ability to recognize high-risk shipments in advance to ensure the safety of America’s borders.
The party required to submit the Importer Security Filing is the party causing the goods to enter the limits of a port in the United States. This party is known as the “ISF Importer”,
The party filing for the immediate exportation (IE), transportation and exportation (T&E), or foreign trade zone (FTZ) documentation is the ISF Importer for those types of shipments,
For foreign cargo remaining on board (FROB), this party is the vessel operating carrier.
Vessel Stow Plan Container Status Message (CSM) Data (FROB*, IE, TE) ISF-10 “Regular” Cargo (3461, IT, FTZ) ISF-5 “Transit” Cargo Additional Carrier Requirements Within 24 Hrs of Creation or Receipt *Anytime prior to arrival for voyages less than 48 Hrs NLT 48 Hrs After Departure* 5. Manufacturer/Supplier Name & Address 2. Seller Name and Address 9. Stuffing Location 10. Consolidator Name & Address 7. Country of Origin 8. Tariff Number 6. Ship to Party ASAP, But NLT 24 Hrs Prior to Arrival 1. Importer of Record Number 3. Buyer Name and Address 4. Consignee Number 24 Hrs Prior to Lading* 2. Ship to name/address 24 Hrs Prior to Lading* 1. Booking Party name/address 3. Commodity HTS-6 4. Foreign Port of Unlading 5. Place of Delivery FROB ISF-5 required anytime prior to lading
Four of the ISF elements are identical to elements submitted for entry (CBP Form 3461) and entry summary (CBP Form 7501) purposes. An importer may submit these elements once to be used for both ISF and entry/entry summary purposes. If an importer chooses to do this, the filings must be filed in a single transmission to CBP no later than 24 hours prior to lading.
In addition, the HTSUS number must be provided at the 10-digit level.
Bond Holder: Importer# or bond# (Continuous Bonds); or Surety Code for ISF Bonds,
Bill of Lading#: SCAC/bill # at house or regular (simple, straight) level.
*Container Numbers and Master Bill of Lading Numbers are OPTIONAL,
*This is the Importer of Record # for the ISF Importer. The ISF Importer does not have to be THE Importer of Record required to make entry for this shipment,
*Line Item linking is only required for ISF-10. Manufacturer (Supplier) name/address, Country of Origin, Commodity HTS-6 must be linked at the shipment or entry level. No linking is required at the container, bill of lading or invoice level.
CBP will return system messages to the issuer of the bill of lading at the house or regular bill level (not the master bill level).
A status notification of “ISF on File” will be sent to the issuer of the bill of lading (e.g. NVOCC or carrier) and all second notify parties.
The issuer of the bill of lading (i.e. NVOCC or carrier) will not be able to access the actual data elements.
This messaging was created at the request of the trade and is not necessary for cargo movement. The vessel operator, vessel operating carrier and NVOCCs are not required to verify that an ISF has been filed against a bill of lading. The onus is on the ISF importer to provide a complete, valid and timely ISF to CBP.
CBP will enforce the Importer Security Filing, vessel stow plan and container status message requirements through the assessment of liquidated damages, addition to penalties applicable under other provisions of law,
If circumstances warrant, CBP reserves the right to take any and all actions required to protect the security of the United States,
After the informed compliance period officially ends, the ISF Importer is bound to provide a complete, accurate and timely filing or risk liquidated damages in the amount of $5,000.
The public is invited to submit written comments on the six data elements for which CBP is providing some type of flexibility Online: http://www.regulations.gov Mail: Border Security Regulations Branch, Office of International Trade, U.S Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
An importer may be a self-filer or they can choose to use an agent,
All filings must done electronically via vessel Automated Manifest System (AMS) or the Automated Broker Interface (ABI),
There will be no paper forms ,
TRG Direct allows self-filers indirect access to Custom’s ABI,
Pursuant to the Trade Act of 2002, if the filer is not able to reasonably verify the information required for the ISF filing, the filer may submit the information on the basis of what it reasonably believes to be true,
The party who filed the ISF must update the Importer Security Filing if, after the filing and before the goods arrive within the limits of a port in the U.S., there are changes to the information filed or more accurate information becomes available.